Telefónica Ventures

Corporate Venture Vehicle for strategic investments. We aim to address the big challenges facing Telco industry and create new businesses and verticals aligned with the Core strategy from Telefónica.
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This is how we invest

Telefónica invests, directly in startups or through a network of leading VC’s funds in key markets, to build strategic partners fully aligned with Telefónica global strategy. We are an open ecosystem, we fuel Telefónica’s business globally with local presence.

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Investment Thesis

We invest tickets from €350K to €5m in minority and strategic stakes of product-market fit and Early Growth stages directly, and indirectly through a network formed by the main Venture Capital funds leading in key markets for the group where Telefónica Ventures is a Limited Partner. The startups are sponsored by a Telefónica top executive and have a working plan to scale in our business areas.

Timeline

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How we invest

In Telefónica Ventures we invest through three vehicles:

Direct Investments

We invest in startups with a global impact across the Telefónica’s value chain, sponsored by our technical areas and with a working plan to be deployed within Telefónica’s footprint.

Indirect Investments

Investments through our network of VC Funds, which have presence in key innovation ecosystems for Telefónica. They bring us operational partnerships, strategic insights, and deal flow opportunities.

Leadwind

We invest in ‘deep tech scaleups’, fast-growing startups with a disruptive and transformative technology base, located in Southern Europe and Latin America. This independent venture capital fund is open to public and private investors.

Where we invest

DIRECT INVESTMENTS

  • Digital Customers: Home, Healthcare, Fintech, Energy, Entertainment
  • B2B: Cyber, IoT, Cloud y Data
  • Next Generation Network

VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS

  • Telefónica Markets: Spain, UK, Germany, Brazil and Hispam (Colombia, Peru and Mexico)
  • Strategic Markets: US and Israel
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Telefónica Ventures in the world:

Startups located in the best tech ecosystems: US and Israel.Startups with operations in the highlighted Telefónica footprint: Spain, Brazil, UK, Germany, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

Telefónica Ventures Portfolio

Hiya

Connectivity
Global
Global
Hiya is trusted by global businesses, carriers and consumers to provide secure, engaging connections and stop unwanted calls. Built on the world’s leading Voice Security Platform, Hiya connects businesses with their customers, helps carriers secure their networks, and protects people from spam and fraud calls.

Airalo

Connectivity
Global
Global
Airalo is the world’s first eSIM shop for travellers to access over 200 eSIMs at the most affordable local rates around the world, all via an eSIM-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC.

Smart Protection

Cybersecurity
Europe
LatAm
Europe & Latam
Smart Protection, the leading media protection company in the Spanish market, ensures content protection by locating and deleting pirated content on the internet. It also offers cutting-edge solutions for online brand protection and publishers.

ClearX

Blockchain
Global
Global
ClearX, founded in Israel, builds blockchain-based settlement and clearing networks for global industries (telecom, shipping, energy, healthcare and insurance). Clear uses enterprise-grade blockchain technologies and programmable smart contracts.

Aerial

Connectivity
USA
USA
Aerial, founded in Canada, leverages existing WiFi signals to detect motion and recognise activity. Aerial’s technology analyses distortions and fluctuations in WiFi signals to detect motion, and uses machine learning to unlock the motion’s meaning.

Boku

E-Commerce
USA
USA
Mobile payments platform, enabling consumers to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone number, with purchases billed to mobile network operator bill.

Our Team

We are the Telefónica Ventures team. Our goal is to find and finance startups that can be strategic partners of Telefónica and provide differential technology, new products and, above all, help to gain time to market. 

Pablo Moro

Head of Investments

Álvaro Alcalde

Investment Manager

Luisa Rubio

Investment Manager

Jorge García

Investment Manager

Belén Pérez Santolaria

Investment Manager